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Best Things to Do in New York City

Featured New York City Travel Tips
  • Head to DUMBO to see the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan
  • Go shopping in the SoHo neighbourhood
  • Visit the Bethesda Fountain and explore Central Park
  • Discover the Broadway District and Times Square
  • Take in the New York City skyline from Gapstow Bridge
  • Capture memories on a Flytographer photoshoot

Since 2013, Flytographer has captured millions of vacation photos all around the globe and know our customers have the best travel tips to share! Explore their favourite things to do in New York City, best restaurants in New York City, and general travel tips to get fresh inspiration and start planning your trip to New York City.

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Jennifer's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Little Italy! Buy a bottle of wine, dip some bread in olive oil and balsamic, and enjoy some authentic chicken parmesan!

What are the best things to do in New York City?

The Edge at Hudson Yards. The views are breathtaking and they have an area with a glass floor that you can look 100 floors down!

What is your best overall travel tip for New York City?

Wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking a lot! And book a photoshoot with Marilyn from Flytographer to capture your trip. All of our other photos are either missing the other person (so they can take our picture) or selfies.

Visited New York City in October

Photo Shoot Location: Central Park

Marilyn in New York City for Flytographer


Christine's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Quality Bistro

What are the best things to do in New York City?

Traveling with grandsons. Slime museum. Ice cream factory and color factory

Visited New York City in June

Photo Shoot Location: Central Park

Armando in New York City for Flytographer


Christie's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Made in New York Pizza, Joe’s Pizza and Amorino (all on upper west side) so yum!

What are the best things to do in New York City?

One World Observatory, Empire State Building at sunset, Moulin Rouge broadway show

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to New York City?

We have teenagers- we felt safe enough letting them travel on the subways to go to theater shows

Visited New York City in June

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Armando in New York City for Flytographer


Neil's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best things to do in New York City?

Central Park Bike Ride Time Square at Night

Visited New York City in May

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Anna in New York City for Flytographer


Jacqueline's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Mr. Purple is an incredible rooftop in the LES. It’s always serving great music and vibes. 19 Cleveland is delicious Israeli food and has a trendy ambiance!

What are the best things to do in New York City?

Mr. Sunday is a day dance party in Bushwick and is great for the traveler that wants to get off the beaten path and dance a little!

What is the best tip for celebrating your birthday in New York City?

Get a cake from Milk Bar and have a picnic in Central Park!

Visited New York City in June

Photo Shoot Location: Greenwich Village

Sehee in New York City for Flytographer


Jenna's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

230 Fifth was an amazing rooftop bar in New York City! It had an amazing view of the Empire State Building and happy hour during the week with great frozen drinks. Also, John's of Bleeker St. has incredible pizza and a very cool restaurant.

What are the best things to do in New York City?

We set out to get a lot done in not a lot of time in NYC. I highly recommend taking advantage of the subway! Once you get the hang of it, it is well worth it! The fastest way to get around. Going up the Empire State Building was my favorite thing. The view from there is just unmatchable. The museum you go through beforehand has a lot of fun things as well. We also saw Moulin Rouge on Broadway. The show was amazing! If you have the time seeing a Broadway show is an incredible experience.

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in New York City?

Book a Flytographer to capture your anniversary trip! These are pictures we will treasure forever, not just a souvenir that will get put in a box and tucked away. Our pictures turned out so beautiful and the view of the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn is a must. Also, the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset is beautiful.

Visited New York City in June

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Sehee in New York City for Flytographer


Ashley's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Becco

Visited New York City in June

Photo Shoot Location: SoHo

Sehee in New York City for Flytographer


Breanna's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Grimaldi's. Best pizza we have ever had. Our photographer actually recommended it. Also, our favorite food/ memory will definitely be Voilá Afrique. We got to eat authentic Ghanaian food and it was truly amazing.

What are the best things to do in New York City?

Lion King on Broadway was incredible. Walking the highline is also a must.

What is the best tip for a romantic getaway in New York City?

Find hole in the wall (NOT TRENDY) places to eat. It is more adventurous and intimate. We also loved our hotel, the Kimpton Eventi in Manhattan.

Visited New York City in May

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Armando in New York City for Flytographer


Jamie's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Brooklyn chop house

Hometown Shoot in April

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Armando in New York City for Flytographer


Steve's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Butter

Visited New York City in May

Photo Shoot Location: Central Park

Anna in New York City for Flytographer


Abbie's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Our kids' favorite restaurant was Serendipity, where we rewarded ourselves for lots of walking + waited out a rain storm with ice cream sundaes as big as their heads.

What are the best things to do in New York City?

We always planned to visit a different playground nearby that morning or afternoon's major activity. The kids' favorite was the Sea Glass Carousel and playgrounds at Battery Park after a morning exploring the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or the Heckscher Playground in Central Park before a full morning at the American Museum of Natural History.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to New York City?

There's almost always a unique playground nearby, and visiting one just before or after the major planned outing for the next few hours leads to more engaged and happy kids. There are many NYC scavenger hunt books for kids that direct the reader to search for 'hidden gems' at popular landmarks. This really helped keep the kids engaged at each location, and made them much more interested in learning more.

Visited New York City in April

Photo Shoot Location: Gapstow Bridge & Skyline

Armando in New York City for Flytographer


Lesley's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

MONO+MONO was our favorite restaurant in NYC! Housed within a flower shop, florals are used to create beautiful drinks and up-level the presentation of their tasty Korean dishes. Thousands of vinyl records are displayed along the walls. A fabulous experience from start to finish.

What are the best things to do in New York City?

The Comedy Cellar is a must for fans of comedy and those looking to laugh!

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in New York City?

Be sure to make reservations in advance at restaurants, and let them know that you will be celebrating your anniversary. Many places will offer you complimentary desserts or celebratory flutes of champagne!

Visited New York City in March

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Sehee in New York City for Flytographer


Paige's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Nangman Korean BBQ was so good! And the service was great! We also enjoyed Ovest Pizzaoteca. Grab a egg cheese bagel from any corner deli, you won't be disappointed. Ellens Stardust Diner is cheesy but really fun with the kids, they have singing waiters/waitresses.

What are the best things to do in New York City?

We enjoyed One World Trade Center Observatory, amazing views. Little Italy is really fun as well, grab a cannoli. DUMBO is so cool! Everywhere you look is picture perfect. Get some pizza from Grimaldis while you are there admiring the Brooklyn Bridge.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to New York City?

Take your time walking around with the kids. Take the subway, it's a fun experience. We did a night bus tour of the city and it was pretty disappointing. Save your money and just take a subway or cab to where you want to go.

Visited New York City in February

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Armando in New York City for Flytographer


Brandy's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best things to do in New York City?

Top Dog Tours- Ghost tour in Greenwich Village. Even my kids loved it. A great 2 hour walking tour of haunted spots with history added in.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to New York City?

Timeout market in Brooklyn. All my kids found their favorite food and I absolutely loved the vibe. A great spot to eat after taking photos of the bridges. Located in DUMBO

Visited New York City in February

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Armando in New York City for Flytographer


Chloe's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Don't tell Mamas piano bar, such a fun place

What are the best things to do in New York City?

Seeing 'come from away' on Broadway. 'Think coffee' coffee shop on Bleeker street

What is the best tip for solo travel in New York City?

Don't try and do too much. Plan but leave plenty of spare time. Be yourself!

Visited New York City in February

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Jordan in New York City for Flytographer


Golda's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Boulud Sud has delicious food! 50 Bowery Hotel has the best rooftop bar - the views are stunning and the drinks are great.

Visited New York City in February

Photo Shoot Location: Gapstow Bridge & Skyline

Anna in New York City for Flytographer


Debbie's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best things to do in New York City?

911 Memorial Times Square Broadway Play - Clyde’s Subway Soho China Town Little Italy

Visited New York City in January

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Jacqueline in New York City for Flytographer


Jordana's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Frenchette (Tribeca) was amazing for dinner. The Blue Dog (Midtown) was great for brunch. Dominque Ansel bakery in Soho is a must!

What are the best things to do in New York City?

If traveling in December check out Hudson Yards - very magical with all of the holiday decorations and lights everywhere! If you have a beautiful sunny day, take the time to stroll Central Park from top to bottom.

What is the best tip for celebrating your birthday in New York City?

Book a Flytographer session!

Visited New York City in December

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Armando in New York City for Flytographer


Kim's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Estiatorio Milos was fantastic for an impromptu date night. Excellent food, great atmosphere, and after dinner walk around Hudson Yards was picturesque. The whole family love Bare Burger. We even went there twice! BB was excellent at handling food allergies and offering many appetizing options.

What are the best things to do in New York City?

Summit One Vanderbilt observation experience was amazing, and its truly an immersive experience.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to New York City?

Be flexible and leave time for breaks and distractions.

Visited New York City in December

Photo Shoot Location: Gapstow Bridge & Skyline

Monika in New York City for Flytographer


Tien-An's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best things to do in New York City?

During the holidays - we loved Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo and also ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park.

Visited New York City in December

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Monika in New York City for Flytographer


Megan's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Bar-The Flatiron Room Restaurant- Sushi Yasaka has good, fresh affordable sushi, loved tea at Bergdorf Goodman, Carmine’s is easy for groups and very central if you’re in Times Square or seeing a Broadway show! Lots of good food in Hell’s Kitchen area—great on show nights!.

What are the best things to do in New York City?

Ellen’s Stardust Cafe, so much fun and good food! Many great drag shows which are always a great time! Summit One- Great way to see NY skylight Battery Park Seaglass Carousel is magical. Broadway shows of course are amazing and NY is magical during the holidays! Christmas markets—Bryant Park or Union Station were the best. Would pick ice skating at Bryant Park as well—Central but cheaper than Rockefeller and less crowded and easier than Wollman in Central Park.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to New York City?

Kids travel better than you think! So much to do with kids in NYC of all ages! Plan snack and potty breaks since the walking can be a lot. Take breaks in the afternoon to rest if traveling with ~age 6 and under. We have a “stay connected” policy to not lose each other/for safety (hold hands or link an arm). The littles loves exploring all the modes of transport—taxi, subway, ferry, horse carriage, etc!

Visited New York City in December

Photo Shoot Location: Times Square

Monika in New York City for Flytographer


Katie's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best things to do in New York City?

NYC at Christmas is as iconic as the Holiday itself. Is it busy? Yes, insanely. Is it worth it? Yes, absolutely. There is Magic in the air this time of year. I’m so grateful for Flytographer to capture it during our time around Rockefeller Center!

Visited New York City in December

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Monika in New York City for Flytographer


Anna's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Ladybird and Eleven Madison Park both had fantastic vegan menus! And Ladybird had great decor for cute pictures.

Visited New York City in December

Photo Shoot Location: Central Park

Monika in New York City for Flytographer


Joey's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Ippudo was one of my favorite restaurants, delicious affordable ramen and shrimp/pork buns. We also found a great bar called the Stumble Inn and it turned out to be one of my favorite spots to grab a drink. Second favorite spot for a drink was the rooftop bar at the Hotel Bowery, gorgeous views and a solid old fashioned.

What are the best things to do in New York City?

The sight seeing was all great, and pretty astounding architecturally. The MET was insane with how many pieces of history and art they have available to see. But I would highly recommend hitting a comedy club for any one that is a fan of comedy. We had some big name comics drop in on a Monday night show and the whole thing was unforgettable.

Visited New York City in December

Photo Shoot Location: Gapstow Bridge & Skyline

Monika in New York City for Flytographer


Amy's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Our favorite restaurant was Tramonti on Fifth Ave. it was absolutely delicious, fast service and nice upbeat music but not too loud, we stayed next to restaurant Mercato on 39th and it was so delicious as well, and also Tabata for ramen YUM!

What are the best things to do in New York City?

City lights your, Hudson yards, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller center, the Saks Fifth Avrle. Light show for Christmas. The whole city is beautiful for Christmas time.

What is your best travel tip for New York City?

Pack light rain boots & sneakers. I was going to but didn’t think my feet would hurt and wanted to keep them protected from the cold, well I was wrong! Pack those things!

Visited New York City in December

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Armando in New York City for Flytographer


Lourdes's Travel Tips for New York City

What are the best places to eat and drink in New York City?

Our favorite restaurant was Mercato. Great food, cozy establishment, and accessible.

What are the best things to do in New York City?

Our favorite activities in New York City this time around were the broadway shows we saw! Awesome talent in the casts of Hamilton, Wicked, and Hadestown. The most astonishing sights was the walk through the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset and finishing the day eating in Chinatown. For pictures we liked the Edge at Hudson Yards. Our favorite exhibits were the Christian Dior expo at the Brooklyn Museum and In America: A Lexicon of Fashion at the MET. My mom loved to see the Egyptian wing at the MET as well.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to New York City?

Some broadway plays that are great for kids Aladdin and The Lion King. Great music and very Disney-like. The Rockets were also amazing. A good option for kids is the Museum of Natural History and watching the movie "Night at the Museum" either before of after going to get them excited.

Visited New York City in November

Photo Shoot Location: Central Park

Sehee in New York City for Flytographer


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